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Rebels blast Eagles to sweep double-header

As the baseball season winds down, two area rivals met for the final time in Goshen.

The Goshen Eagles played host to the Zion Chapel Rebels for a double-header in the Eagles’ final home stand.

And even though GHS put up a fight in both games, the end result was the same as it had been for much of the season as the Rebels won both games by the scores of 14-11 in eight innings and 22-10 in the second game. The two losses drop the Eagles to 1-17 on the season.

“In the first game, I thought we played pretty well,” GHS head coach Ryan Ellison said. “We had a chance to win and we battled back all throughout the game, but in the end we fell short.”

Antarrius Thomas pitched all eight innings in game one, striking out seven while surrendering eight hits.

After falling down six in the top half of the first, the Eagles fought back in the next two innings, scoring three in the bottom of the first and after a scoreless top half of the second, the Eagles scores four more runs to take a 7-6 lead. The Rebels would strike back in the fifth, with our more runs to take a 10-7 lead. In the bottom of the seventh, GHS scored three runs to tie the game at 11, sending it into extra innings, but that would be as close as the Eagles would get as the Rebels would score three more runs and take the victory. Rob Boutwell finished 3-4 with three RBIs while Jared Maddox finished 2-2 with two RBIs.

In the second game, Starting pitcher Josh Dease had a rocky third inning, as ZCHS scored eight times. Boutwell would come in relief but was unable to hold back the Rebel charge, as ZCHS would score five in the fourth and six in the seventh to cruise to the double-digit victory.

Thomas led the Eagle charge going 1-2 at the plate with two RBIs while Maddox also finished 1-2 with two RBIs.